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Robin The Barn Cat Is Missing
Why Cats Go Missing?
Cats are such a common sight that we tend to forget where they originate from and their natural needs and tendencies. We are all aware that they tend to be aloof and that it is often said that "cats and women will do exactly as they please and men and dogs just have to get used to the idea"!
Well cats do not like attention when they are not feeling well, they will often go hide, and lick their wounds, both literally and metaphorically. This is one reason they may go absent, they just want to be in peace and quiet until they feel better. They may just be sleeping off a big meal or cat napping.
Even our common house cats are related to cheetahs, pumas, cougars, lions and tigers. These animals are all fast athletic nomadic hunters. So too is your dear little house kitten. The instincts are so strong that they know to approach prey from down wind so their scent does not give them away. They crawl low to the ground, using natural cover and then pounce suddenly and silently out of nowhere.
Cats have enormous power to weight ratios and even a domestic cat can leap effortlessly over large distances. If we had their ratios the World high jump record would be of the order of 20 feet or more and long jump 60 feet.
A consequence of these instincts is that cats hunt, feral cats will kill only what they need to eat, but what cat owner has never been brought a fresh kill as a token of appreciation from their little loved one? This brings another reason why a cat may go missing for days or even weeks! The little one is merely searching for better hunting grounds as their instincts require of them.
Then again cats are curious "Curiosity killed the cat" they will go into open doors cars, trucks, houses. Then their fear instinct may cut in and they will hide from detection. This can lead to them getting shut in and take away often many kilometers before they are detected, if they are at all. If we are lucky at this point they may be set free and their natural homing instinct will take over and guide them home over the course of the next several days, weeks or even months.
Then they may have been predated on by a larger hunter that catches them unawares, such as owls, hawks, eagles, cougars, coyotes, wolves etc. Finally they may have fallen prey to traps and baits left for these larger nuisance animals, or other human cruelty.
Robin At Home
Our cat Robin was sat outside the horse barn sunning himself and grooming his fur on the morning of Friday 8th August 2014. My wife was getting the horses out and cleaning out their stalls and the cat (Robin) appeared to be supervising her and admiring the view as he often did. I was walking our Border Collie (BC Oliver Twist). The cat looked at me and the dog and decided not to approach as BC (the dog) tends to lunge at him which the cat finds irritating.
I took the dog back to the house and fed him his breakfast, then as I often would went out to say hi to Robin, only he had vanished. I asked my wife where he was as he often would go and check out the horse stalls or go and visit them in their paddocks. She said the last she saw he was walking down the driveway she thought to visit with me and the dog.
We have not seen him since.
Robin Returning From A Jaunt
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Did you know?
- Cats originated as desert creatures and even a domestic cat can survive without water for a week.
- Cats can also survive up to 3 weeks without food.
- They can collapse their skeleton so that they can get through what appear to be impossibly small holes.
- Cats whiskers help them judge what spaces they can get into.
- Cats are not really sharpening their claws when they scratch just removing the myelin sheathing.
- Cats can sleep up to 90% of the time.
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Helping to Keep a Cat Secure
When possible it is a good idea to insert a cat flap into a door so that your cat can come and go as they please. Many of these now come with locks so that you can either leave it open in both directions, lock it in either of the directions or just lock it altogether. In this way you can tempt your cat back at dinner time and keep him/her secure until you are ready to grant them a period of freedom.
We have one of these on the tack room door in the stable so that Robin can get access to food and water when he so desires.
Finding A lost Cat
What To Do When A Cat Is Lost
When your cat gets lost it can be hard to decide what to do. Cats can roam over large distances and often get carried away by what they are doing. So we can call the local vets and Animal shelters as we did, but then what? Tell all your neighbors to be on the look out and ask them to check sheds and garages etc.
While waiting maybe you could take your mind off it a bit by reading about a search for a cat?
Robin was sighted running away from one of my neighbours homes about a week ago. He was in fine health, but had been scared by the neighbours dog. At least we now know he is still close by and probably still alive and well. It seems he went further away than usual and is scared of crossing my neighbours yard because of their noisy dog. We will be looking for him in that area in hopes of finding him again, soon.
Apparently over 80% of lost cats do eventually return. Lets hope he does.
Today Tuesday 23 September 2014 there was a glimmer of hope. Our neighbors cat that has been missing from my property as long as Robin actually crossed our driveway this afternoon for the first sighting of him in the 6 weeks since Robin went. This is a good sign as whenever we see him Robin often turns up out of nowhere (I think it is a territorial thing!).
Lets hope anyway.
Today 6th November I saw Robin walking in front of our house. I called him and he hesitated, but did not come. Our Border Collie started barking from inside the house and Robin turned and ran to hide under a fir tree. I approached and he seemed to think about coming to me, but he turned and fled over our neighbours field towards the large 400 acre farm of the next neighbour over. I did not get closer than 6 ft but he looked a lot more feral and as if he was unsure of whether to trust me or not. There was a mark on is face as if an animal had bitten him, but I could not get a clear look at it before he fled.
At least I know he is alive and fending for himself, he had a more wild look about him, but other than that he was healthy and bright eyed. Maybe he has decided it is better for him to be wild. I think he maybe will change his mind as winter closes in and hunting, and water both become scarce? I put out fresh food in his bowl in the barn and will wait to see if any goes.